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  • Summary: The First Templar follows the story of two main characters – a French Templar, and his companion, a noble lady who has been proclaimed a heretic. Taking control over these two unlikely allies, the player must uncover the mysteries behind the Templar Order, play a role in a grand conspiracy,The First Templar follows the story of two main characters – a French Templar, and his companion, a noble lady who has been proclaimed a heretic. Taking control over these two unlikely allies, the player must uncover the mysteries behind the Templar Order, play a role in a grand conspiracy, and discover the secret of the Holy Grail. The heroes face powerful opponents at every turn, in the face of the Saracen, King Philip IV of France and the Inquisition. Expand
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  • Developer: Haemimont, Haemimont Games
  • Genre(s): Action Adventure, Adventure, General, Historic, General, Historic
  • # of players: 1 Player
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Jul 20, 2011
    75
    First Templar leaves me with mixed feelings. One the one hand it's a very fun and engaging game to make your way through with a friend, but on the other hand it has little problems here and there that mar the gameplay. It seems like it was sloppily put together and could have been better constructed all around in order to make the gameplay more fluid. It's a decent game to go through at least once and is definitely worth picking up. Not necessarily at full price, but it's certainly worth playing.
  2. May 18, 2011
    70
    The First Templar draws you in with delightful visuals and rhythmic combat, but technical foibles can lessen your fun.
  3. May 20, 2011
    65
    Nice crusader-setting and well done main characters but the game doesn't satisfy that much. The animations aren't smooth enough, the combat-system isn't really tactical and the skill-system is useless in most options. The coop-play is disappointing, because the gameplay-experience is just the same as in single-player.
  4. May 17, 2011
    60
    The whole affair just suffers from a lack of polish all round.
  5. PC Games (Russia)
    Jun 24, 2011
    60
    It's a pity that The First Tempar wasn't released five years ago. But then, it has a working split-screen mode on PC! [July 2011, p.123]
  6. Aug 9, 2011
    55
    This game looks five years older, and is obsolete both technically and gameplay-wise. However, its theme and cooperative modes are enjoyable.
  7. May 24, 2011
    40
    The First Templar is not good. Maybe with a bigger team, more time or a bigger budget this could have become something worthwhile, but it feels like an unpolished knock off.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. Oct 11, 2020
    10
    I really enjoyed this game far more than a lot of other action games and yes it is rather linear but why is that a bad thing. I love notI really enjoyed this game far more than a lot of other action games and yes it is rather linear but why is that a bad thing. I love not having to roam around aimlessly looking things. When I was younger and had all the time in the world I didn't mind spending 80+ hours in a game even though back then most games weren't that long but now I prefer shorter more to the point games and don't have time to be wasting endlessly wandering around. I don't know why people give low ratings for being linear in the first place, the game was designed a certain way for a reason and does not have to be open world with multiple paths to be great. The real enjoyment in this game for me comes from the story which I immensely enjoy as I really love history from that era whether it be real or fiction it a joy to play. If you think you may like a game try it and don't listen to other reviews, you may be surprised that you actually like a game that has been poorly rated by countless others and vice-versa. Expand
  2. Aug 28, 2016
    9
    While short, and dated, this game has aged well. I picked it up for .47 cents at a local store, and while I'm not ashamed of it, I believe IWhile short, and dated, this game has aged well. I picked it up for .47 cents at a local store, and while I'm not ashamed of it, I believe I would have payed a nice 20 dollars for this if asked. The graphics are nice, the combat is amazingly smooth. The block mechanics are a bit frustrating, and the double tap for dodging is... well, dodgy, but that game is overall a solid hack-and-slash. The skills as you progress are fun, the level design--while horribly linear--is well thought out. There are audio volume issues, yes, but the soundtrack is beautiful, and the voice acting isn't unbearably terrible. The story is simple, but combat is the focus of the game, and exploration the second, so I don't mind.

    In short, this game has aged remarkably well. It's simple, and worth picking up for a relaxing hack-and-slash adventure while waiting for the next AAA title you'll add to your library.
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  3. May 10, 2011
    8
    8 for debut in action/adventure, nice work Haemimont Games. One of the best games in not very popular genre "Slasher" for PC in 2011 year.8 for debut in action/adventure, nice work Haemimont Games. One of the best games in not very popular genre "Slasher" for PC in 2011 year. Gameplay is very similar to another greate slashing game The Lord of the Rings: Ã Expand
  4. Jul 1, 2011
    7
    ben moi je le trouve simpatique comme jeu.les combats sont simpa.ont visite pas mal d'endroit different.
    apres c'est sur ont peu mieux faire
    ben moi je le trouve simpatique comme jeu.les combats sont simpa.ont visite pas mal d'endroit different.
    apres c'est sur ont peu mieux faire comme jeu mai je pense qu'il mérite un 7/10
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  5. Jul 6, 2011
    7
    Its quite funny actually. I didn't expect a game like this to really win me over in terms of standards. The First Templar has really awefulIts quite funny actually. I didn't expect a game like this to really win me over in terms of standards. The First Templar has really aweful voice acting, the lines are cheesy and the story is weak. But the combat is quite not bad. Its not on part with games like the Witcher II but a game made by a small company with low budgets, its really not that awful and its quite enjoyable.
    7/10
    +Simply Enjoyable
    -Everything else pitiful and weak.
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  6. Jun 12, 2016
    6
    Decent hack 'n slash with good mechanics, passable story and graphics. If you're a fan of the genre, worth picking up when on sale. Co-op isDecent hack 'n slash with good mechanics, passable story and graphics. If you're a fan of the genre, worth picking up when on sale. Co-op is an added bonus.

    The story itself is pleasantly uncomplicated. I didn't even bother much with it. What's that? We're a knight in search of the Holy Grail? Whatever. Let's get our swords out and start slashing. The voice acting is generally good, but nothing outstanding. The atmosphere is great, though; the desert fortress of Acre is bright and dusty, while the village and swamps at the base of Montsegur castle are drab and dark. Environments in general are nicely detailed - not earth-shattering, but nice. You'll come across some incredibly low-res rocks and water at odd places in the game (usually towards the end). Fire and smoke are particularly well-rendered. This is not an open world btw; travel too far one way or another, and you'll come up against an invisible wall.

    The combat is very quick to learn, and the upgrade tree is very deep. There is some stealth (very easy), some boss battles (hard, but not too hard), Switching from one character to another is simple and seamless: just hit the Tab key to change to the other character. And you will need to do this to solve some of the dungeon puzzles. The puzzles themselves aren't that hard to complete, though if you charge in without analyzing the situation first, you'll die quickly.

    That's the problem with The First Templar: there's nothing really outstanding about it, but it is not a bad game either. It is average in just about every quantifiable category. I had fun with it. Not a must-buy at the current list price of $20; at $6 or less, though, it's a fun game to while away a few hours.

    If you're purchasing for the co-op, only the hosting player gets achievements, so be sure to take turns hosting the game.
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  7. Aug 14, 2011
    0
    z0rrer0 - first of all congrats on making it 11 hours in the game. I couldn't even get past 11 minutes. This game is horrid!! After having toz0rrer0 - first of all congrats on making it 11 hours in the game. I couldn't even get past 11 minutes. This game is horrid!! After having to log in 4 different times, then finding out that the "facebook link" does not work, I was finally able to get in to a game with my friend. Then I found out that lag was horrible, the host is the only person that could work on character skills and that all I had was a henchman to help play the game with me. Were this 10 years ago, the graphics may have been worth something. However, in today's day and age I fully expect more for the money we pay for these games. Expand

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